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County adopts new $42.4 M budget for 2016-17
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The county commission voted 11-2 to adopt a new 2016-17 budget plan Monday night. The new $42.4 million spending plan, including a new $1.83 certified tax rate includes pay raises for most county employees. The new pay scale will tie employees of the County Mayor, Trustee, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Assessor of Property, Circuit Court Clerk, and Clerk and Master the elected official’s salaries, and includes step increases which will allow the employees to earn as much as 44 percent of their employer’s pay after eight years of service.

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